20th Jan, 2018

Inspection brings good news for Redditch first school

Imogen Buller 12th Jan, 2018

STAFF at a Redditch first school are celebrating after being rated ‘Good’ in every single category of their recent Ofsted inspection.

The school was visited by Ofsted in November 2017 when the inspectors praised the staff for ‘striving for greater achievements for the pupils’ and for ‘outstanding pastoral care’.

They also noted that leaders and governors knew the strengths of the school and that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education was a strength in teaching and learning.

Pupils’ behaviour was observed in lessons, on the playground and at lunchtimes and they were found to be polite, well-mannered proud of their school.

Areas highlighted for improvement include providing pupils with an appropriate level of challenge so work set matches learning needs, particularly for the most able.

Headteacher Carol Newton said: “We are delighted to have retained our overall ‘Good’ judgement. This report is even stronger than our last Ofsted report in some key areas.

“As a school we pride ourselves on how closely we work with the children and families of Holyoakes. To have this recognised means so much to us.

“Any areas for further improvement were already highlighted in the school’s own self-evaluation and the pupils, staff, governors and parents will continue the good work to enhance these.”

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